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G. Gordon

Olympia, WA USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Desolation Island: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (255)

    Jack's prize money has set the household accounts aright, but if he continues frittering it on naive extravagances, it will be gone in a fortnight. Fortunately he gets a commission aboard the Leopard, bound for Australia to rescue the hated and captive Captain Bligh.

    Gene says: "Most moving chase sequence in the whole series"
    "Don't Miss"
    Overall

    While this book is not one of the best of the Aubrey/Maturin series, you should not miss it. It has one of the most memorable chase scenes in any of the books, that between the Leopard and the Dutch 74 gun Waakzaamheid. The book also establishes the vast difference between Jack Aubrey ashore (a dolt) and Jack Aubrey afloat (a genius). If you skip this book, you will have missed a great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (978)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "A Perfect Storm"
    Overall

    The combination of Patrick O'Brian's writing and Patrick Tull's narration make the Aubrey/Maturin series absolutely wonderful, a perfect storm of the written and spoken language. I have read all of the original 20 novels, and was saddened when Patrick O'Brian died because it meant that there would be no more adventures. However, listening to Patrick Tull narrate these stories is like discovering them all over again. These are the best audio books I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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